Friday, March 19, 2010
ANOTHER DISNEY LEGEND PASSES
Fess Parker was a true gentleman who portrayed one of the best known characters in a Walt Disney Movie. Yesterday, on his dear wife's 84th birthday, Fess Parker left this weary world for Eternity. Fess had two children, eleven grand children and a great grand child and was perhaps the gentlest giant of all time. He was 6 foot 6 inches tall and won the role of Davy Crockett over veteran actor James Arness of "Gunsmoke" fame. Believe or not, Fess was actually allergic to the buckskin material that he wore in those movies and had to be well covered in salve in order not to break out. His success in real estate and the wine business was unequaled. A window in Frontierland at Disneyland was dedicated in his honor in 2004. Everyone who met Fess called him a true gentleman without a bone of ego in him. His other famous role was that of Daniel Boone in the 1970's for NBC television than ran for six years. He will be dearly missed. Something else that was not widely known was that his buddy in the Davy Crockett franchise , Mr. Buddy Ebsen was actually once considered for the lead, itself. The series was broadcast on the ABC television show "Disneyland", but was wisely shot in color and not in black and white. Walt Disney decided later to splice the episodes together and release them to the movies. But who would go and pay for a movie that people had seen for free on television? Walt knew that in color, people would and he was right as usual. The film did landfall business when released to theatres in 1956. Work at Disneyland continues for me. I've been working at the Candy Palace. You can not believe how much sweets people buy and the amount they spend is unbelievable. What recession? Candy apples here are as much as nine dollars each! Wow! My work continues finishing my latest musical with John Nugent. It's called "After The Laughter" and so far it is so much fun.